Over 100 businesses attended the 373 Group’s sell out 2019 Awards evening at Escot House, all there to celebrate the achievements of so many unsung business heroes. Escot House was transformed into the epicentre of networking vitality, as all in attendance waited in anticipation for the 10 Awards of the friendliest networking group in the South West.
In addition to Sleep expert, Stephanie Romiszewski, from Channel Four’s ‘The Secret of Sleep’, who fascinated all with her insights, there were inputs from Pete's Dragons Founder, Alison Jordan, and some vibrant networking.
Once again, the 2019 Awards were sponsored by Griffin Chartered Accountants. Misty Nickells, Partner and co-founder of Griffin, stressed that the awards are one of the few that “recognise the hard work of all companies, from those starting up to those who have been in business for years, they acknowledge and reward the challenges of all business at any level”.
Once again, the awards evening was bigger than ever, with over 250 businesses and individuals nominated. For the first time, this year’s Awards Evening included a Highly Commended award, to commemorate the “great quality of this year’s nominations” as Tom Hope the co-founder of the 373 Group, explained.
Chris Lorimer, co founder of the 373 Group, summed up neatly, "It was a cracking evening with laughter, tears and lots of inspiration. Small business in the South West is vibrant, innovative and passionate - and the 373 Group is delighted to provide the forum to celebrate it."
Best Online Presence
Highly Commended – Becky Bettesworth
Winner – Casual Media Ltd
Best Sole trader/ Micro Business
Highly Commended – Jessica Crowley
Winner – Samosa Lady
Best Retail Business
Highly Commended – The Recycled Candle Company
Winner – Womb To Grow
Best Rural Business
Highly Commended – Mark 1 Conversions
Winner – The Bear Trail (a second time winner after scooping the Best Start-up in 2017)
Highly Commended – The Bayleaf Café
Winner – Froginwell Vineyard
Best Professional Service
Highly Commended – Chilcotts Auctioneers
Winner – Sue Cade, In the Right Order
Highly Commended – Nourish Zero Waste
Winner – Midleydown Glamping
Greatest Social Impact
Highly Commended – CPRE Devon
Winner – Life Chance Education
Top 373 Group Person
Highly Commended – Alison Jordan, Pete’s Dragons
Winner – Rachel Buckley, The Family Law Company
Winner – Dartmoor Brewery